TV SPEC of THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT “Kimmy is a VIP” by Mike Miller

Watch the October 2016 Winning TV Screenplay.

TV SPEC of THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT “Kimmy is a VIP”

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
KIMMY – Erynn Brook
TITUS – Martin Huss
JACQUELINE – Viktoria Napoleonova
LILLIAN – Michelle Alexander
ULLR – Brogan Caulfield
DORMAN – Michael Lake

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

Kimmy and Titus go on a quest to get Jacqueline back on an exclusive VIP list for a restaurant opening and Kimmy seeks justice after being rejected on Tinder.

Get to know the winning writer Mike Miller: 
 
What is your Kimmy Schmidt screenplay about? 

The feeling of not being included as we explore Jacqueline’s fear of being pushed out of high society, plus a little satire about the idea of exclusivity and how badly some people feel the need to be “above” others, and Tinder. Most of us can relate to the awkwardness of online dating, relationships, or simply being vulnerable.

How does this script fit into the context of the TV show? 

Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and the awesome cast created these great characters with such strong points of view. You can’t help but have fun writing in those voices. Kimmy is such an unbreakable fighter for justice, so I wanted to write a script with stories that fit her idealism and give us a chance to see what Titus, Jacqueline and Lillian want. TUKS does a great job making a parody on society, which is something I absolutely love to do.

How would you describe this script in two words?    

Kimmyfisticated Thinkystuff

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again? 

Seinfeld

How long have you been working on this screenplay?  

I wrote the first draft in about 6 weeks after binge watching season one. I let it sit for a bit and then picked it up with fresh eyes for a few edits. Then season 2 came out and I spent a few more days editing to create this version. In my original script [Spoiler] Xanthippe was the culprit Kimmy confronts at ‘Excluse’.

How many stories have you written? 

I fell in love with comedy writing and Improv while studying at the Second City, then wrote and performed at our local comedy theater. Writing sketches every week was a great experience before I began writing for television and film. In addition to this Spec Script, I’ve written two original sitcom pilots and I have two more in process along with three feature screenplays.

What motivated you to write this screenplay? 

I love the world of Kimmy Schmidt and her hopeful idealism. I’ve been called an elf for being so optimistic and happy, so maybe I’m a little like Kimmy. Kimmy is such a great fighter for justice, I couldn’t resist writing for her. I think it is important to write Spec scripts that show you can write on a team and contribute to a world other writers have created. I hope some showrunner out there might read this script, laugh, and give me a shot. Plus, I have a nerd crush on Tina’s writing so doing this was just plain fun.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay? 

You know the saying “Be careful what you wish for”. I wished for Season 2 to come out, then it did and I realized I had to change my script.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? 

My wife, family, friends, and dog on the top of that list. I’m passionate about learning, exploring the world, and fresh tracks on a ski day. I’m similar to Kimmy, so count on me to be passionate about fighting injustice and most other philosophies that boil down to treating everyone with respect and kindness.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I think it is magical when something I wrote is performed on stage or screen. I was influenced to enter the festival with the hope that some very talented actors would bring this script to life in a table read, and hopefully I’d make a few of them and some Kimmy fans laugh (or at least chuckle). The feedback made my day because, again, if I can make someone laugh I’m happy.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Write sketch comedy, take Improv classes, and play with creating characters. You’ll either learn a lot or just have a lot of fun…hopefully both. Carry a journal with you everywhere you go. Every time I feel awkward, uncomfortable, or something crazy happens I write it down. That moment might turn into a memorable scene, a storyline for an episode, or the premise of a film. It could also be that I just have a lot of awkward moments. Keep writing, stay hopeful, and as Han Solo said “Never tell me the odds”.

 

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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WILDsound Performer: ERYNN BROOK

ACTOR ERYNN BROOK

Height: 5’7

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Blue

ACTORNEW GIRL “Summer’s Over”
February 2014 Reading
Written by Micah Goldman & Griff Kohout
ACTORSOUTH PARK “Follow Your Dreams”
June 2014 Reading
Written by James Tison

 

ACTORTHE PURE – TV PILOT
February 2014 Reading
Written by Jessica Seguin
ACTORPARENTHOOD “Don’t Give Up On Him Yet”
June 2014 Reading
Written by Cara Rothenberg
ACTORMOM “Strip Poker and Guilt Trip”
June 2014 Reading
Written by Micah Goldman and Griff Kohout

 

ACTORMARCH 2015 Poetry Readings
Read/Watch new poets work.
ACTOR1st Scene – THREE PLAY
March 2015 Reading
Written by John-Arthur Ingram
ACTOR1st Chapter – DISTURBED
March 2015 Reading
Written by Suzanne Wilson

 

ACTORFeature Script – BESA
March 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Miceli
ACTORBest Scene – LONELY HEARTS
March 2015 Reading
Written by Eddie Upnick
ACTORX-Mas Scene – MEMORIES OF LIFE’S DREAMS
March 2015 Reading
Written by June Fleming

 

ACTOR1st Scene – THE SINGING TREE
March 2015 Reading
Written by Marilyn Pesola & Peter Moss
ACTORTV PILOT: REDEEMING GRACE
May 2015 Reading
Written by WL Gorman
ACTORTV SPEC: NEW GIRL “Career Day”
May 2015 Reading
Written by Melissa K. Willis

 

ACTORTV SPEC: GIRLS “Camping”
May 2015 Reading
Written by Melissa K. Willis
ACTOR1st Scene: MYA’S TURTH
May 2015 Reading
Written by Thomas L. Ferguson
ACTORStage Play Reading of GLUTTONY & LUST are FRIENDS
September 2015 Reading
Written by Matthew Weaver

 

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT Reading of LEGACY
September 2015 Reading
Written by Marc W. Johnson
ACTORTV SPEC – Bob’s Burgers
November 2015 Reading
Written by Travis McMaster & Tony Interdonato
ACTORBEST SCENE – Comic Cons
December 2015 Reading
Written by Peter Harmon & Larry Postel

 

ACTORBEST SCENE – Seeking Will Ferrell
December 2015 Reading
Written by Rob Ingalls
ACTORBEST SCENE – On Three
December 2015 Reading
Written by Ed Vassie
ACTORTV PILOT – Vincent Locke: Villain-At-Law
December 2015 Reading
Written by Christiaan Alexander Kutlik

 

ACTORTV SPEC – The Americans
December 2015 Reading
Written by Addison A.A. Bhuyan
ACTORFeature Screenplay – MISPRINTS
April 2016 Reading
Written by Adam Preston
ACTORFeature Screenplay – DEAD NORTH
April 2016 Reading
Written by Alexander Nachaj

WILDsound Announces its Feature Screenplay Winners for September 2015

Watch readings of the two feature screenplay winners for September 2015.

Script #1 – FEATURE SCRIPT Reading of LEGACY
September 2015 Reading
Written by Marc W. Johnson
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/legacy_feature_script.html

Genres: Supernatural, Thriller, Action

SYNOPSIS:

After a werewolf slaughters the family of a pregnant newlywed and she loses her child, she becomes a cold-hearted hunter and uncovers it’s her best friend.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ROSE – Erynn Brook
VIRGINIA – Pip Dwyer
GILES – Neil Kulin
BETH – Alissa DeGrazia
VINCE/MULDANO – Ryan Anning
TALBOT – Steve Rizzo

Script #2 – FEATURE SCRIPT Reading of THREE PLAY
September 2015 Reading
Written by John-Arthur Ingram
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_three_play.html

Genres: Comedy, Fantasy

SYNOPSIS:

Oliver, a neurotic who’s hopelessly in love with his best friend Blake, finally comes out to both his shameless girlfriend, Silvia, and Blake. This revelation backfires when Oliver discovers Silvia and Blake are in madly in love. As a final act of desperation, Oliver magically switches bodies with Silvia days before her wedding to Blake.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty
OLIVER – Gabriel Darku
SILVIA – Holly Sarchfield
BLAKE – Chris Reid-Geisler
MAGGIE – Allison Kampf
MARCO – Ben Hur
JOSEPHINE/PARKER – Angelica Alejandro

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Deadline: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_script_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/feature-screenplay-submission-testimonials-wildsound-screenplay-contest-review

Winning Feature Script Reading: LEGACY by Marc W Johnson

Watch the Feature Screenplay Performance Reading of LEGACY:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ROSE – Erynn Brook
VIRGINIA – Pip Dwyer
GILES – Neil Kulin
BETH – Alissa DeGrazia
VINCE/MULDANO – Ryan Anning
TALBOT – Steve Rizzo

Get to know writer Marc W. Johnson:

1. What is your screenplay about?

After a werewolf slaughters the family of a pregnant newlywed and she loses her child, she becomes a cold-hearted hunter and uncovers it’s her best friend.

2. Why should this screenplay be turned into a movie?

Because in my humble opinion, there hasn’t been a decent werewolf movie that ties the Grimm Fairytale of Red Riding Hood to the present day, and who doesn’t want to see an action packed werewolf movie with swords, guns and gore.

3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

Buffy meets Dog Soldiers.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

That’s kind of a toss-up between Halloween (’78) Halloween II (’81), and Aliens. I love how the two Halloweens blend together, you can’t really watch one without the other, and Aliens, well, you got aliens, space marines, and firepower, what’s not to love.

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Well, all screenplays, even “finished” ones are works in progress but, I have been working, and reworking this screenplay for about 3 years.

6. How many stories have you written?

To date, I have written two feature screenplays and three short screenplays.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to write an action packed werewolf movie with heart.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

While working on this screenplay I attend college full time.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Meat and peanut M&M’s: honestly though, family and friends.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I had heard rumors the feedback was genuine, and it did NOT disappoint. It helped me get to what you are about to watch and enjoy! Thanks for that WILDsound!

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Well, there are probably more experienced writers out there than I am at the moment and, as my granddad used to say “Free advice is worth what you pay for it.” However, at this point in my own journey, all I can be comfortable saying is – Always be open to feedback, and sleep on it before accepting it as gospel, or totally dismissing it. This is the only way you will become skilled as to whether those giving it know what they are doing.

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Deadline: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_script_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/feature-screenplay-submission-testimonials-wildsound-screenplay-contest-review

StagePlay Reading – GLUTTONY AND LUST ARE FRIENDS by Matthew Weaver

Watch the StagePlay Reading of GLUTTONY AND LUST ARE FRIENDS:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
GLUTTONY – Steve Rizzo
LUST – Alissa DeGrazia
HANNAH/CHARITY – Erynn Brook
PRIDE/SLOTH – Neil Kulin
TONY/WRATH – Ryan Anning
ENVY/GREED – Pip Dwyer

Get to know writer Matthew Weaver:

1. What is your stageplay about?

Two deadly sins, Lust and Gluttony, are bored with their daily routine. So they decide to mix things up by switching places, which means a sudden glut of erotic bakeries and a Japanese sumo wrestler being named the equivalent of People’s Sexiest Man Alive. Creatively restored by the switch, Lust and Gluttony talk the other sins into following suit, which throws the world out of balance and attracts the attentions of the virtues. Who are nobody’s idea of a picnic.

2. Why should this play be produced?

It probably shouldn’t – it’s got a very large cast, casts the seven deadly sins as heroes and is deceptively complex even though it’s fairly straightforward. But I think it’s a lot of fun, and it all takes place in a Chinese buffet. And did I mention there’s a Japanese sumo wrestler?

3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

Lust and Gluttony find that even having oodles of sex and eating everything you could ever want gets old after a while.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Probably a tie between Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze

5. How long have you been working on this stageplay?

This has been a play I just can’t quite bring myself to give up on. I wrote the first draft in late 2012. I’m delighted to see it selected here for its world premiere.

6. How many stories have you written?

My comedy “Bed Ride” debuted at Masquers Theater in Soap Lake, Wash., in the summer of 2013. My mystery “Aces are Feverish” will have its world premiere at Masquers in the summer of 2016. My short play “Feminine Care” was performed in Spokane by Ignite! Community Theatre and local community radio in 2012. My short play “The Girl Wore Red Licorice” was performed by Spokane Civic Theatre in the summer of 2014. In 2015, my one-minute plays “I Hope She Likes Me” and “Whispers” were performed as part of Stage Left Theater’s Fast and Furious short-play festival and the short play “Under an Iguana Moon” was written and performed as part of Stage Left’s Left Overs 24-hour play festival. We recently wrapped production on “Taking Care of Charlie,” a short film we will be entering in festivals.

7. What motivated you to write this stageplay?

I often joke that my vice of choice would be women, but since they’re not interested, it’s food. One day, I was thinking, if I could just change vices for a day … and then started thinking about how even though society still craves wealth, power, violence and sex, I bet it gets to be a real grind being Lust or Gluttony day after day. The rest of the play came together alarmingly quickly. I grew up on General Hospital’s quarreling Quartermaine family, so I love stories where families get together and bicker, and that’s really what this is at its heart.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this play?

I’ve sent it out into the world. I’m just hoping it finds people who take care of it and give it a good home.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about family, friends, faith and fun. Also art and alliteration.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

A very respected Spokane actor and director, Michael Weaver (no relation), retweeted about the opportunity on Twitter and I entered later that day. He’s been an online cheerleader as I’ve gone through the process. The feedback would have been helpful even if the play wasn’t selected for the festival. In particular, WILDsound recommended I take another look at the character of Sloth and stretch him beyond my initial concept as just a really sleepy guy. Overall, it was supportive feedback that showed someone else thinks there’s something here worth pursuing. Which is invaluable as a beginning playwright.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

I write for an agriculture newspaper by day, and try to devote half an hour to creative writing after hours. Some days that half-hour goes by quickly. Other days, 30 minutes can loom. Some days the writing goes smoothly, and others it just plain is terrible. But I tell myself, “Thank heavens that’s over,” and on to the next day.

My brother Steven and I keep track of the Seven Deadly Sins the same way. When I called him during a writing session to figure out what the sins’ virtuous counterparts would be, he paused a moment and muttered, “OK, gluttony was the dead fat guy, the rich attorney was greed …” referencing the Brad Pitt-Morgan Freeman movie Seven. Or Se7en, if you prefer.

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Deadline: #STAGE #PLAY #Festival. Get play performed by #actors. FULL FEEDBACK
http://www.wildsound.ca/play_contest.html

WINNERS get their stageplay read at the Writing Festival.

WATCH the recent WINNING STAGEPLAY Readings –
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/stageplay_readings.html

WILDsound TV Screenplay Festival Announces May 2015 Winners

The WILDSOUND TV Screenplay Festival has announced its May, 2015 Winners. Watch the 3 Winning Screenplay performance readings from the monthly screenplay festival:

Script #1: TV PILOT: REDEEMING GRACE
May 2015 Reading
Written by WL Gorman
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/redeeming_grace.html

SYNOPSIS:
A fractured and unstable near-future Canada where danger is ever-present and anarchy is just a breath away. In the centre of this cauldron is an ex-military gun-for-hire who seeks redemption from both his country and his father. With the odds stacked against him, will he be able to achieve it?

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
STEVEN – Mark Sparks
WOLF/PADDY – Rob Salerno
YOUNG – John Marcucci
ALEXIS – Jillian Cameron
FLINT/FAUSTIN – Peter Bent
CAROLINE – Erynn Brook
SHEPPERD – Sean Ballantyne
MARTY – Graciela Martinez
JULIE – Leah Doz

Script #2: TV SPEC: NEW GIRL “Career Day”
May 2015 Reading
Written by Melissa K. Willis
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/new_girl.html

SYNOPSIS:
“Career Day”, an on speculation of the Fox sitcom New Girl, finds Jess in charge of the school’s Career Day activities in which she must deliver or possibly lose her job.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
JESS – Erynn Brook
SCHMIDT – Rob Salerno
NICK/BANKS – John Marcucci
CECE – Leah Doz
WINSTON – Peter Bent
COACH – Mark Sparks
STUDENT 1 – Graciela Alexandra Martinez
STUDENT 2 – Jillian Cameron

Script #3: TV SPEC: GIRLS “Camping”
May 2015 Reading
Written by Yolanda R. Easiley
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/girls.html

SYNOPSIS:
Conflicts occur when Jessa and Marnie go to pick up Hannah at the airport. Ray and Shoshanna run into a troubled taxi driver, as Adam connects with a hooker.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
HANNAH – Jillian Cameron
MARNIE – Erynn Brook
JESSA – Graciela Alexandra Martinez
SHOSHANNA/THERESA – Leah Doz
ADAM – John Marcucci
TOM – Peter Bent
RAY – Rob Salerno

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Deadline: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_pilot_readings.html

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html

1st Scene Screenplay Reading of MYA’S TRUTH, by Thomas L Ferguson (plus interview)

    Watch the 1st Scene Reading of MYA’S TRUTH:

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Val Cole
    MYA – Leah Doz
    MONA – Erynn Brook
    CANDACE – Graciela Martinez
    JASMINE – Jillian Cameron
    ROBERT – John Marcucci
    WALTER – Rob Salerno

Get to know writer Thomas L. Ferguson:

1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about self doubt and how people use obstacles in
their life to protect themselves from success. In Mya’s Truth, Mya
uses her relationships with men, particularly her father, to keep her
from stepping up to the plate to achieve her goals. She must learn
to define her own destiny, instead of letting others define it for her.

2. Why should this script be made into a movie?

Overall, I believe it is a universal story about love. Not just romantic
love, but more important, the love one has for him or her self. There
is also a sub plot about family and how they can make us or break
us. I don’t know a single person who can’t relate to family influence
when it comes to life decisions. On top of all of that internal
struggle, there is plenty of external conflict. Secrets,lies, and
betrayal… everything you want in an indie drama.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I’ve been writing on and off for about twelve years… been serious
about five. 4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
The Color Purple. I watched that film dozens of times with my
family growing up. I live three thousand miles away from them now,
so I throw it on when I’m feeling homesick. I have to mention a very
close second…Albert Brooks’ The Muse. The movie is about a
writer trying to get his mojo back after “passing his prime”. When I
feel I need a boost of writer energy… I throw that one on.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

I’m a big horror movie fan so working with Wes Craven would be a
dream. He is one of the fathers of modern day horror to me. I also
enjoy Christopher Nolan. He challenges me and I like a good
challenge from time to time. And lets just say it… Spielberg. Who
wouldn’t want to work with him. He’s a had a couple hits, I think.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’ve written four features on my own. I’m juggling my next two right
now… a big budget horror script and a comedy. I’ve co-written
two… one of them being produced in 2012.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

I love my current job in sports broadcasting, but I’m tired of writing
on the side. My ideal life in five years would include me writing full
time. I dream of the day when I can write all day and get paid for
doing what I love.  

 8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for
writing?

I’m not a militant writer who does only one thing and that’s how it
is. I usually come up with my beginning and ending scenes, then fill
in the plot points in between. I write them down, then pray for the
best. Most of the time, I end where I thought I would, but it is so
refreshing when I end up in a totally different place. That is why I
love being a writer, especially writing on spec. You go on a journey…
just like a member of an audience. When I’m writing with a partner
or writing for someone, I’m more disciplined. I’d hate to let
someone down when they are depending on me.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love movies, so I spend so much of my time at the local
multiplex… when i’m not at work, of course. Although I love the big
budget films, my passion truly lies with independent films. I spend a
lot of time doing research at Film Independent. I love reading old
scripts and learning about filmmaking in general. Outside of movies,
I love to dance, in fact, it’s my main source of exercise. I’ve always
dreamed of being a backup dancer for someone like Usher or Janet
Jackson… it can happen!

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

I’ve always doubted my work. That’s what artists do. Just like the
main character in my story, I’m my own worst critic. One day, I decided to get a professional opinion of this story. Being a former reader for a producer and a script competition, I know that wowing
a reader in the first few pages is crucial. I wanted to see how this
story works in the first few pages. There aren’t many competitions
out there that focus on just the beginnings of a screenplay. I thought
this would be a great opportunity to find out from professionals if my
story is on the right track. I’m so grateful it was well received.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Stay focused. Stay busy. Don’t let negative comments defeat you.
Believe in your abilities and don’t beat yourself up when things don’t
turn out the way you envisioned. We are artists. We are truth tellers.
Know your truth and stick to it!